Nov. 4, 2006
FAIRFIELD, CT - Senior tailback Justice Hairston ran for a game-high 168 yards and a pair of scores, and Central Connecticut State University took advantage of three Sacred Heart University turnovers to runaway with a 42-14 win over the Pioneers in a Northeast Conference game Saturday afternoon. Hairston's performance set a new NEC single-season rushing record with 1,630 yards.
Hairston got Central on the board with a two-yard run on the first play of the second quarter that capped an 89-yard, 16-play drive that ate 7:33 off the clock. Andre Smith made it 14-0 with 6:33 left in the half with a four-yard run.
The Pioneers, 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the NEC, got on the board just before the half on a four-yard pass from Tyler Arciaga to Joey Henley. The PAT kick was missed and the Blue Devils took a 14-6 lead into the intermission.
Sacred Heart tied the score at 14-14 on an 11-yard strike from Arciaga to freshman Steve Tedesco with 3:31 left in the third quarter. It was the fourth straight game that Tedesco has caught a TD pass. Arciaga found Henley in the back of the endzone for the two-point conversion after the score.
Central, 7-3 and 3-3, responded quickly on a perfectly-run reverse toss to wide receiver Nick Colagiovanni for a 20-yard touchdown with 1:11 left in the third. It was the first of 28-unanswered points Central would put up. The Blue Devils scored three times in the third quarter, including a 34-yard run by James Mallory with 5:05 left in the game that ended the scoring.
Central ran up over 400 yards of total offense, including 296 on the ground. Senior Terry Dunn finished with three sacks for the Blue Devils.
The Pioneers were held to 188 total yards. Senior Jon Corto led the Pioneer defense with 12 tackles.
SHU concludes the season next week at home with a 12:30 p.m. start against Robert Morris University.